The email initially reads very legitimate. It offers a salary that was on the low end for the job but was in a normal range. The benefits were pretty typical. Even the bonuses sound normal. It offers partnerships for small and medium business owners. Job responsibilities were listed that were entirely reasonable. Sounds too good to be true right?
Cue alarm bells.
- The email was in my spam folder, not the inbox.
- The email was addressed as "Dear Job Seeker." If you're hiring me, use my name.
- The email claimed the company did social media/web design/digital marketing, yet the company could not be googled. If that's what you do, even if you are legitimate, you're not very good at your job.
- The company website was far too generic for a web design firm.
- I did a View Source on the website. It's a wordpress.com site, not a standalone .com
- The text of the website is just a little awkward, suggesting that whoever put it together was not a native English speaker.
- The email said the company was five years old but the website had no testimonials from past clients or any designs in their portfolio from those clients
- I was now very suspicious. The company claims to be based in Houston, TX. The address does exist on Google Maps, so I called the Texas Secretary of State. The business has not filed any paperwork. No tax ID. Nothing.
I am also going to admit to a bit of naivete here and say that I have sent them my resume. It only contains basic contact info so is not a terrible inconvenience for me. Just an FYI for the rest of you NOT to do that.